L to R: Provost Dr. Michael Puglisi, President of Emory & Henry, John W. Wells, and Mars Hill Executive VP and Provost Dr. Tracy Park...

Connections & Collaboration

New Partnerships and Pathways

Posted December 15, 2023

E&H Teams with Mars Hill

In October, Emory & Henry and Mars Hill University administrators signed an articulation agreement to create an academic pathway for select Mars Hill students majoring in allied health science, biomedical sciences, and psychology to pursue admission into an Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences graduate program in addiction counseling, clinical mental health counseling, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies or physical therapy.

“Together, we are committed to our rural communities to enhance the healthcare opportunities for education, training, clinical practice and the delivery of healthcare to our regions. There is more and more demand to fill positions and we know our graduates are well prepared to serve and lead,” said Dr. Michael Puglisi, executive vice president and provost at Emory & Henry.

L to R: President John W. Wells, Barter Theatre Board Chair Emily O'Quinn and Barter Theatre Artistic Director Katy Brown surrounded... L to R: President John W. Wells, Barter Theatre Board Chair Emily O'Quinn and Barter Theatre Artistic Director Katy Brown surrounded by E&H Theatre StudentsContinuing a Valuable Collaboration

The Barter Theatre and Emory & Henry College renewed their partnership with a formal signing in October, aiming to enrich Emory & Henry’s Theatre Studies program by providing students access to Barter Theatre’s professional staff and performances.

The agreement, celebrated at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, allows students to attend more than eight Barter productions annually, engage in actor talk-back sessions, and pursue internships and understudy opportunities.

President John W. Wells emphasized the long-standing commitment between the institutions to elevate regional theatre. This collaboration enables students to gain invaluable insights and experiences within the theatre profession.

Katy Brown, Barter Theatre’s producing artistic director, highlighted the significance of this partnership in nurturing students’ aspirations and the shared ethos of both institutions. The collaboration fosters a unique blend of liberal arts and pre-professional education.

Kelly Bremner, chair of the Theatre Department, referred to the partnership as “legendary,” echoing sentiments from a book recognizing Emory & Henry as one of the original 43 Colleges That Change Lives. Students Aubin Jefferson ’25 and Destinee Johnson ’24 praised the hands-on learning and familial connections fostered through the Barter partnership, enhancing their undergraduate experience in unparalleled ways.

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